Date of Award
Environmental and Forest Biology
Melissa K. Fierke
Habitat associations of Ixodes scapularis Say were described at six publicuse sites within Syracuse, New York. Adult, host-seeking blacklegged ticks were collected using tick flags in October and November, 2015 along two 264 m transects at each site, each within a distinct forest patch. We examined the association of basal area, leaf litter depth, and percent understory cover with tick abundance using negative binomial regression models. Models indicated tick abundance was negatively associated with percent understory cover, but was not associated with particular canopy or understory species. These results may assist park-goers and land managers in considering local risk factors for exposure to Ixodes scapularis and the diseases they transmit.
Wierzbicki, Brigitte, "Habitat Associations of Ixodes Scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) in Syracuse, New York" (2016). Honors Theses. 106.